A ROMAN HOLIDAY

From the verses of Shakespearean novels, Rome has become an immortal fascination, for not only the lovers of literature but also for the travellers. Although there has been a lot of change, since the time when the manuscript had been penned yet a Roman holiday will surely be thrilling and blissful experience.

 

Rome.

Rome is the capital of Italy. This place is also named to be a joint capital to the Lazio Region. Rome is the third largest city of Italy.

Lazio Region : This is a region that comes under the 20 administrative regions of Italy. This region is located in the central peninsular section of the country. This place is home to the wider economy of this country. It is therefore trusted with the honour of being the second largest economy of the entire nation.

The Vatican City.

This independent country has its geographical location within the boundaries of this Italian capital city of Rome.  This is perhaps the only existing country defined within a city.

The global city

Rome has been honoured with the status of being a global city. A global city is usually known for its vast contribution in the global economic system.

Rome is one of the most popular tourists attractions, not only of Italy, but of the entire world. It has its popularity not only among the European countries, but also globally.

Pride

Rome has a historic centre enlisted among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is home to headquarters of a number of international business companies and a number of international banks. It has a business district that holds a number of business platforms in itself. This city also takes pride in an important fashion portal. It has several international brand showrooms demonstrating their prize winning costumes as well.

Climate

The Roman people enjoy a Mediterranean climatic condition; which means that the summer in this city are warm and dry while the winters are cool and humid.

Transport

There are several ways of getting into Rome. There are the airways, the water ways and the land ways for transportation purposes. Rome is centrally located in Italy , hence it forms the centre of the radial network prevailing in the city.

Places to visit when in Rome..

Here’s a list of the places that are of tourist attraction and cannot be missed while on a trip to this beautiful place:

  1. Colosseum
  2. Pantheon
  3. Roman Forum
  4. Trevi Fountain
  5. Spanish Steps
  6. Peter’s Basilca
  7. Piazza Navona
  8. Vatican Museums
  9. Sistine Chapel
  10. Galleria Borghese
  11. Castel Sant’Angelo
  12. Palatine Hill
  13. Villa Borghese gardens
  14. Campo de’Fiori
  15. Capitoline Hill
  16. Basilica di santa Maria Maggiore
  17. Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
  18. Aventine Hill
  19. National Roman Museum
  20. Piazza Venezia
  21. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
  22. Palazzo dei Conservatori
  23. Altare della Patria
  24. Santa Maria in Trastevere

and yet some more places are to be added to the wish list.

Travel Tips

Travelling tricks and tips are an integral part of enjoying a trip. After all, the most important aspect is to return healthy and happy to one’s own place.

  1. PROPER PLANNING: This is a vital part of a trip. There should a good knowledge of the geographical locations of the places of visit; a brief idea of the paths to travel from one location to the other. One can also consult a travelling agency or take help from a tour guide.
  2. LISTING: There should be a list made of the different architectural heritages of the respective place. A list of different religious places are an addition to the former. It is very important to make a list and keep ticking as the glance by so that a tourist does not miss out on a greater trip. I would once again prefer to have tour guides as they are the ones who keep the culture of a place alive. The historical stories they narrative are educative.
  3. FOOD: This is the other most important aspect while planning a trip. It is very important to stay healthy yet not miss out on the cultural food cuisines of the place. The taste buds are the energy accelerators. Good food are catalysts for worn out bodies. So whenever a tour is being planned it becomes a compulsion to take care of this part. Knowledge about different food cultures of a place are another subject of education while in a trip.
  4. PLACE OF REST: We must not forget to book hotel rooms. They are the places that give shelter after a day full of excitements and fun. A zealous mind needs a good amount of rest to gain an amazing start the next morning.
  5. SHOPPING: (Or at least window shopping if not affordable) This is another educative aspect of a trip. We can always be open learning a new type of dressing up; a new approach to life; the all new kind of costumes for different purposes. This can be all so exciting.
  6. CAMERA : Do not forget to pack the camera along with a few extra battery and chargers.

 

A few more of the travel tips are to know:

  1. The climatic conditions of the place that has been planned for a trip.
  2. A briefing about the culture of the place.

 

Ultimately ,there comes a preface to this fresh story of life. Guess what? The packing!

Until and unless one knows what to wear and what not to, how can a trip be planned?

A few things that should not be forgotten at any cost are:

  1. To carry first aid.
  2. To carry the necessary medicines for primary medical help.

Basically the medical and sanitary products should not be missed.

 

Finally a few important tips:

  1. To carry photocopies of the important documents.

 

  1. To be conservative about money.
  • To learn few of the local phrases.
  1. To Carry extra underwears

 

Finally, have a very happy, secure and safe trip.

The City Of Joy

Situated in the eastern part of India, Kolkata is not only the city of joy, but it is the city of the free soul. It’s unique heritage and rich culture of all flavours makes it a convergence of lucid grandeur.

To name a few of the reasons of pride of it’sinheritors :

  1. ALIPORE ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN- This is the oldest zoo in this entire country giving shelter to a large number of animal species.
  2. THE BOTANICAL GARDEN-The botanical garden of Kolkata is situated atShibpur in the Howrah district. This place is home to the enormous banyan tree which spreads over a large area.
  3. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF INDIA- Located in Alipore, this is the largest library in our country on account of it’s rich collections of books.
  4. ROYAL GOLF CLUB OF INDIA- The Royal Golf Club of India, located in Kolkata, West Bengal is the first ever Golf club outside Great Britain.

 

 

The tourist attractions are divine in this place. The historical monuments like :

  1. The Victoria Memorial :This beauty in white amidst the beautiful nature is worth a watch. The museum located inside the memorial has preservations of rich heritage. The place is picturesque in all senses.
  2. The Fort William :This is a fort built on the Eastern banks of the major distributary of the river Ganges, during the early years of British India. The fort has the shape of the star fort designed to defence against cannons , prior to the advent of the explosive shells. There are six gates to this fort namely :Chowringee, Plassey, Calcutta, Water gate, St. Georges Gate and the treasury gate.
  3. The Maidan :The Maidan, is located in front of Fort William. This used to be a part of the fort earlier and is currently the largest urban park in Kolkata. With the stallions on toe to humans in sports practice, this place covers another green part of this soulful city.
  4. The Howrah Bridge :This is currently the sixth longest propped cantilever bridge with a suspended span in the entire world. This is located over the Hoogly River in West Bengal. The lightings add to this glory after sunset.The Howrah Bridge was named as the RabindraSetu on 14Th June 1965, after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.

A few other tourist spots in Kolkata include the Indian Museum, Eden Gardens, Science City, Nicco Park, Shaheed Minar, Ecopark, RabindraSarobar, Aquatica,Nandan, RabindraSadan, Academy of Fine Arts, Milennium Park, PrincepGhat, Mother’s Wax museum, Jorasako Thakur Bari, Elliot park, Salt lake central park, ShobhabajarRajbari, Nature Park and still a few more to go.

Places of worship in Kolkata includes temples, mosques, churches, gurudwaras and still I can miss out more.

Describing this city and its pride can go endless.

The Bengali desserts are an added cuisine here. The festivals are the life of this place.

This city is a place of sharing ecstacy.

Guide: Colors For Home

The significance of different colours according to the Feng Shuihave been discussed below. Feng Shui is important for all aspects of our life. Specially while colouring our house, this should be given special attention. It might work wonders if used in the correct way. The inmates are likely to enjoy greater success  by the use of these tips.

YELLOW : yellow is the colour of  the sunlight. It symbolizes the fire element. Sunlight shows the morning time. Hence, this colour indicates a happy and nourishing life. Colouring a room yellow makes it’s purpose brighter and thus results in the inmates being cheerful and uplifting.

RED: Red colour symbolizes the fire element as well. This is the colour of romance; romance of any flavour. Besides, this is also the colour for passion , courage and excellence. The red colour invites the energy of joy and excitement.

GREEN : Green colour symbolizes a wood element. The green colour gives a fresh , vibrant and healthy vibe to the room. This is the colour for regeneration and growth. It balances the whole body and soothes the inmates.

ORANGE : Orange is the colour of the fire elements. This colour generates an optimistic vibe. It motivates to become open and free in conveying the opinions and in turn accelerates the socializing skills. The inmates of this room gains a better communicating skill. The energy promotes lively and open hearted conversations. This probably reminds us of a summertime holiday dream

WHITE :White symbolizes metal element. This is the colour of purity and serenity. It ushers new beginnings and generates a fresh vibe. This is the colour of innocence. As the white colour absorbs every other colour, it teaches patience an returns deep satisfaction.

BLUE : the blue colour belongs to the water elements. This colour symbolizes tranquillity, generates a calm environment and gives peaceful vibrations. This is one of the magnificent colours. Different tones of this blue colour can be used to decorate different walls of the house, specially those of east , south – east and north sections.

GREY: The grey colour, although might seem to be a little dull, is rather highly sophisticated. This colour symbolizes the metal element. This colour generates beautiful positive energy inside the room. This colour lends out its maximum benefit when coloured on the West. North – west and north walls.

 

PURPLE : The purple colour is a fire element. This colour evolves a royal vide. Besides, this colour is mysterious, noble and innovative. This is high vibration colour ,hence can be used to decorate different elements in the house. Specifically, this colour can be used for interior decoration purposes. This colour is also a healing colour. It dissolves the pain of it’s inmates and spreads peace in the house. A meditation room can be coloured purple.

 

PINK : The pink colour is a fire element. This colour is pretty loving, soft and tender. There is a soothing gentle characteristic in this colour. Pink is also a colour of love.

California: The Golden State

Nick named as the “Golden State’ , California ranks first in terms of population in the United States of America.

LOCATION

California is located on the western Pacific Coast of the United States. It ranges towards the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east. The centre of this state is dominated by Central Valley, which is a major agricultural centre.

STATE CAPITAL

The capital city of the state of California is Sacramento.

Sacramento: Besides being the state capital, Sacramento is also the seat for Sacramento County.

Location of Sacramento : Sacramento is location at the junction of the Sacramento River and the American river, in the northern portion of the expensive Sacramento Valley.

LOS ANGELES

This is California’s most populous city. Besides, Los Angeles is the country’s second largest city after New York City.

WEATHER REPORT

California is dominated by it’s warm Mediterranean Climate.

Mediterranean Climate : The Mediterranean climate is often referred to as the dry summer climate. This climate prevails in the areas in the Mediterranean Basin. The winters are usually rainy while the summers are hot , dry and warm.

 

PLACES TO VISIT

  • Disneyland
  • Universal studios, Hollywood
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Disney California Adventure
  • Legoland
  • Yosemite National park
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Sea world San Diego
  • Golden gate Bride
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Balboa Park
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Hollywood walk of Fame
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hollywood sign
  • San Diego zoo safari Park
  • Six Flags Magic Mountains
  • RMS Queen Mary
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Montery Bay Aquarium
  • Hearst Castle
  • Sequioa National Park
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Winchester Mystery House
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Redwood National and State Park
  • Monterey Bay
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • 17 – Mile Drive
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Grauman’s Chinese theatre
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Getty Center
  • Downtown Disney
  • Aquarium of the pacific
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Griffith park
  • Golden Gate park
  • Golden Gate
  • Union Square
  • Presido of San Francisco
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National park
  • Half Dome
  • Cascade Range
  • Joshua tree
  • Newport Beach
  • Truckee
  • Berkeley
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Pasadena
  • Point Loobs
  • Big basin redwoods state park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Channel islands National park
  • Beverly hills
  • Napa
  • Long Beach
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Gate
  • Big Bear Lake
  • Sausalito
  • San Jose
  • Sacramento
  • Laguna Beach
  • Anaheim
  • Malibu
  • John Muir Trail
  • Point Reyes national Seashore
  • Santa Catalina island
  • Oakland
  • Carmel by the sea
  • Yosemite valley
  • Santa Cruz
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Mammoth lakes
  • Santa Barbara
  • Palm springs
  • South lake Tahoe
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Saint Monica
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco

 

PLACES TO VISIT IN SAN FRANCISCO

  • Golden gate bridge
  • Alcatraz island
  • Fisherman’s wharf
  • Union square
  • Chinatown
  • Pier 39
  • San Francisco Cable car system
  • Golden gate Park
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Exploratorium
  • Lombard Street
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • Coit Tower
  • De Young
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Japanese tea garden
  • Legion of Honor
  • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

and many more to go.

 

PLACES TO VISIT IN LOS ANGELES

  • Universial Studios
  • Griffith Park
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Disneyland
  • The Getty Centre
  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica
  • Natural History Museum

and many more to go.

California is a wonderful place to plan a trip to and should be visited at least once in a lifetime.

Top 9 Destinations To Travel While Being Easy On Your Pocket

While travelling we usually consider various things such as the travel cost, accommodation, food etc. Travel should not be such that breaks our bank balance. From stylish cities to majestic islands, here is our list of top budget destinations :

  1. Vietnam: Vietnam is famous for its budget cities such as Hanoi and Hoi Chin Min city. Inspite of being very popular amongst the backpackers and tourists, vietnam is still unspoiled and within reach. Being a former french- indochina colony Hoi Chin Min city has numerous french architectural buildings. From historical reunification palace to amazing scenery to awesome sea food . One can travel here under US 20$ a day.
  2. Greece : Mouth watering food, striking scenery , clean and blue water, synonyms for Greece vacation. The hotel prices and air cost have become low especially after the financial crisis, it has become a boon for budget travel. Athens in Greece gives a chance to connect with the ancient spirits , being one of the oldest cities on earth it has the look of the old and the new era.

  3. Sri Lanka: This island nation just at the foot of india is a paradise waiting to be explored. The land of the great Lanka is known for its lush green forests, white sand beaches and clean waters . Cheap and affordable resorts on coast of beautiful blue Indian Ocean are easily available. One can bathe elephants and experience buddhist culture and enrich the soul with positive energy.

  4. Nepal: Nepal is a classic destination for travelling on budget . The birthplace of Buddha and the home of the great Mount Everest! Travellers are mesmerised with striking beauty and the greatness of the Himalayas.Perfect place to go for adventure at really low costs. Landlocked between india and China (Tibet) the former kingdom of Nepal as it was known, is a must visit for all the adventure freaks out there!

  5. Cambodia: Travel through the ancient  remains of Angkor Wat and get awestruck by its architecture and stature. Travelling and accommodation in this beautiful yet historic country is very easy on the pocket. You can relax at peaceful beaches and have delicious seafood here! Experience your very own ‘Laracraft ‘ at very cheap prices.
  6. Bosnia and Hercegovina : Bosnia and Hercegovina is a blend of ottoman and Austro-Hungarian cultures and histories. Blessed with striking landscape and snow clad mountains, it provides a perfect getaway with less pressure on your bank account. This part is a mixture of east and west and we can see some of both the world here like the castle ruins of medieval era. Waterfalls and mountainous landscape provides for a perfect skiing session!

  7. Cuba : This Caribbean island has experienced a boom in tourist industry recently after its  accord with US. Since then tourists are flocking to Cuba to dance to the tunes of salsa, smoke the world famous cuban cigar and take a dip into its most scenic beaches. Varadero beach on Hicacos peninsula is considered as one of the best in the world due to its crystal clear water and tourist friendly huts. Travelling in Cuba is safe and easy on budget.

  8. Guatemala: What makes Guatemala unique is its culture and traditions . The great Mayan tradition is still alive here along with the colonial legacies. Its hard not to fall in love with this country after seeing the natural beauty its blessed with and the majestic world famous Mayan temples that are still standing tall. One can hop on one of its ‘chicken buses’ and explore the capital Guatemala city and the city of Antigua!

  9. Timor-leste: Timor leste or east timor as it is popularly known as , is a perfect budget destination for those who like to get away from the chaos of the world and find untapped gems. This part of the world has many beaches and forests that  are still unexplored.One of the newest nations. This has Portuguese and Indonesian influence. Tourists have the opportunity of exploring forest caves and scuba diving into waters which are not explored before.

Book your tickets now!!

Top 6 Food Lover’s Destinations around the World

Love Food? Why not let the vacation let your pamper your taste buds!! Food helps you get off every sorrow. Travelling is the best way to learn. Great people always advice the young generation to travel to explore and learn the unknown. Here I have narrowed down to 6 countries where gobsmackingly good food is served.

1) Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is the only city in the whole wide world to have over 220 Michelin starred restaurants.  From a local shop down the road to a pricey restaurant in a beautiful location, quality and great food can be assured everywhere. Japan’s capital city is on top of every foodie’s bucket list. For great sushi, you can head over to Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi. If you’re not able to make it to these places, dont worry just head over to any food joint in Tsukiji Fish Market because all of them are capable of serving good sushi. Tokyo not only specializes in Sushi but also offers other great dishes like Tempura, Ramen, Sashimi, Soba noodles, Sake, Chankonabe, Sukiyaki, Monjayaki, Tsukadani, Udon, Okonomiyaki, Miso soup, Unagi and for people with a sweet tooth they have ningyoyaki which is a cake shaped like a doll filled with red bean paste, dorayaki is a pastry composed of layers of pancakes, anmitsu which comprises of agar, red bean paste and small mochi balls.

2) Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi has a rich culture with Chinese, French and south east Asian influences. Such diversity can also be tasted in their food. Want to savour Vietnamese food? Go to the streets and eat like a local. The main streets, side streets, alleyways of this northern city are flooded with food vendors offering variety of soups, buns, noodles, sandwiches and rolls. There are lots of dishes that one shouldn’t miss during their stay here: Cha Ca,   Banh Cuon, Bun Cha, Banh Bao, Banh Mi, Mien Xao Luo, Bia Hoo, Xoi Xeo, Bun Thang, Bun Bo Nam Bo, Bun Rieu and Pho. Sweet lovers should head over to Thu Nga and order Kem Xoi which is a delicacy made of sweet sticky rice topped with vanilla ice cream and coconut or Sinh To which is a smoothie made with sweetened condensed milk and comes in many flavours like mango, litchi, strawberry etc.

3) Singapore

This tiny Asian country is every foodie’s wonderland. Their dishes are inspired by Indian, Chinese, Malay and Eurasian cultures. Their heavy and wholesome meals tell us a lot about their veracious appetite. With many hawker centres set up, this nation keeps the hawker tradition alive. They specialize in noodles, rice and seafood. Foods specialities are Frog Porridge, Bah Kut Teh, oh Luak, Sambal Stingray, Chai Tao Kway, Mud Crab, Char Kway Teow, Chicken Rice, Curry Laksa, Durian, Red Snapper Head Curry. After all this spicy and hot food, you need to treat your taste buds to Tau Hua formed using bean curd tofu and sweet syrup infused with pandan leaves and topped with gingko seeds.

4) Croatia

Whatever Croatia lacks in size, it makes up for it with its culinary powers. Croatian food is largely inspired by Mediterranean and European style.

Some great foods include Skradin Risotto, Brodet, Istarski fuzi, Pašticada, Gregada, Punjene Paprike, Cobanac, Kotlovina, Soparnik, Crni Rizot, Bakalar, Štrukli, Manestra, Klipići, Fish Paprikas, Sarma, Zagorska Juha, Hobotnica ispod peke. I won’t describe them to curb your excitement!! Hope there is some place left for dessert as Paprenjaci, Arancini, Rozata, Krostule and Fritule are too good to be missed!

5) Gustavia, St Barts

Gustavia the main town and capital of St Barts is known for its amazing culinary scene. Anyone who has gone to Gustavia has the pounds to prove it. Ruled by the French till 1648 their cuisine revolves around French cuisine, West Indian cuisine, Italian cuisine, Creole Cuisine and Asian cuisine. Gustavia is known for its elite restaurants that serve only high quality dishes. Some of the notable restaurants of this region are La Mandala, Eddy’s, Le Repaire, Zanzibarth, Maya’s and many more. Maya’s is known for its baguettes, charcuterie, decadent brie and French wine. Don’t forget to try the pumpkin bisque soup at La Plage or Fresh lobster, salmon, puréed asparagus and crab, crème puffs, fruit tarts, quiche at Le Gaiac. Youll weep if you forget to have Ti punch at Le Select or a tomato tart and coq au vi at Santa Fe Restaurant.

6) Bangkok, Thailand

Every corner of Bangkok reeks of incredible Thai food. Want to explore the exciting flavours of Thai street food? Go to Chinatown which is the birthplace of street food. Your food check list has to have Tod Mun Pla Krai, Pork Skewers, Quail Eggs, Hoy Tod, Pla Pao, Gai Tod, Kuay Teow Lui Suan, Gai Yang, Sai Oua.

And the best is served at the last: Khanom Jeeb which is a crispy crepe but like no other, its topped with meringue and dried coconut, Kanom Krok which is a sweet rice cake with a molten center, Khao Niao Mamuang that is mango sticky rice a signature thai dessert, Tub Tim Krob eaten after a spicy meal is a refreshing dessert, Khao Niaow Tu-rean tops the list of all durian lovers and then comes the master of all, Thai coconut ice cream.

Top 5 Places To Spend Christmas This Year

“I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus drift along into the holidays – let them overtake me unexpectedly – waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: ‘Why is this Christmas Day!” – David Grayson (click for more Christmas messages)

Much like destination weddings you can take a holiday to these beautiful Christmas locations. It’s rightly said that the world is an ocean and your home land is like a pearl in a oyster shell. Without exploring you will just be a shell.

Not only a vacation this Christmas tour will be an adventure ride. These destinations have some of the most unusual things happening. So pack your bags, grab your stockings and head out with your family for a memorable Christmas experience:

1) Rio de Janerio

The gigantic Bredesco Seguros Christmas Tree with the background of a sky lit up with fireworks, a site to see. You cannot miss the dazzling golden one of the world’s tallest Christmas tree all in golden lighting. The fountains and the fireworks are coordinated as if dancing with the happiness of Christmas. The beautiful themed tree in the centre surrounded by water is all a dreamy celebration come alive.

The huge sand art work of Jesus, Santa and other models is a very unique form of Christmas celebrations. It will make the most memorable Christmas ever.

2) London

For the ones who want to celebrate in the snowfall and under mistletoes! The London celebrations of Christmas are the most perfect blend of traditions and the latest trends. The Winter Wonderland, The Leicester Square and the markets are decorated like out of a fairytale book.

The ice skating is a unique experience during Christmas time. The shops are all decorated with stars the piñatas, the stockings, bells, the red golden lights all around. It’s a treat for the eyes. The city shines like a star studded sky. Also many restraints serve special savouries like the custard puddings, the ginger cakes and other delicacies. It is also a shoppers stop which gets better during the Christmas Days.

3) Las Vegas

The Bellagio Fountains with the dancing fountains are in their glory during Christmas season. The Holiday Cactus Garden is decorated with lights taken from the rainbow, the cactus could never be more colourful than they are at this time of the year.

The Fermont Street is for the explorers and the Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitian is a adventure time. The decoration of the Motor Speedway is a romantic long drive’s destination.

Just make sure you get your advanced booking done as the city is very crowded during Christmas.

4) Berlin

The Charlottenburg Palace is in its highest degree of grandeur. The show lights, the historic narratives etc. all make you travel time. The tress are decorated with lights and the celebration is in the air.

The walk along the Unter den Linden with the golden light wrapped lime trees will make a romantic date.

Berlin is most famous for it’s Christmas markets. From gifts to sweets, decoration items to precious jewellery the market has the best showcase for all of these.

5) Mexico

This is the city where the nativing is done best. The traditional posadas are the best entertaining and socialising activity. It’s away from the hustle and bustle. You actually get to understand the meaning of each of the Christmas celebration events. The little Bethlehem replicas, kids running from house to another and the warmth of the people there, it’s a heart warming experience.

Also this place is for those of you who don’t like winters. The climate is warm and comfortable.

If you are planning to go with your entire family, this is the right choice.

So plan a surprise holiday and celebrate the festival of joy. Wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Do share your experiences in the comments below, waiting to hear you all!!

Feng Shui tips for Bedroom Harmony

Home is the place where one feels the sense of accomplishment, safety and comfort. It is the den where one wants to retire after a hard day’s work. It is the safety net, the warm blanket and shade for its residents. No matter how the atmosphere is outside, inside bedroom one would always want to feel relaxed, bright and happy. Sometimes however things go a bit astray and the homely atmosphere might get a bit turbulent.

Although it is totally up to the residents of the house to maintain its calm but there are certain other elements which can help too. One of such is ‘feng shui’ which is a Chinese system of geomancy. It believes in implementing the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive energy.

Feng shui is generally about the right position so that no obstruction is created for the circulation of positive energy. To facilitate the free flow of positive energy in the bedroom following tips should be adhered to:

  • Electrical equipments such as TV, computer or exercise equipment should be avoided. Electromagnetic waves may interfere with the positive and blissful atmosphere needed in the bedroom. Electric equipment despite easing our lives always comes with caution. Therefore they are best avoided in the bedroom as they are said to destroy the good energy of the room. On the scientific side they may lead to some mishap which can cause damage to health.
  • Bedroom should have good number of windows so that fresh air can have easy movement. Since, you spend about eight hours of your day and 1/3rd of your life sleeping, it’s imperative that you get fresh air all the time for maximum vitality.
  • In lack of natural inlets, the room should have air-purifier of a good quality to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen. Any good quality air purifier suitable for your room size should be chosen.
  • The room should be amply lighted and if possible various levels should be created for lights. Feng Shui stresses a lot on lighting which though obvious is neglected by many of us. Light has always been the source of energy therefore a well-lighted room uplifts our mood. In cases where natural light isn’t accessible, artificial lights in form of bulbs, tubes, candles can be used. The whole idea is to keep the room bright be it anyhow.
  • Bedrooms should always have colors that are neutral and capable of inducing tranquility. Colors carry powerful meaning and implication with them. Therefore they should be selected carefully. Neutral hues best suit bedrooms. Also the furniture should complement the room rather than making it look odd.
  • Images for the bedroom should be chosen carefully as they carry strong messages. No violent or scary photos or portraits should be hung. Images shouldn’t depict any negative energy.
  • The bed should be easily approachable from both sides, have two bedside tables (one on each side) and not placed in a direct line with the door.
  • During night all the doors present in the bedroom should be kept closed.

These tips are based on the natural and essential elements of life. The need to have good sized windows ensures that the room will be properly aerated and no suffocation will be felt.  Fresh air is healthy and important for the well being of the residents.

These are few tips to keep the harmony maintained in the most important room of the house.  Personal choices in décor might defer but few generalized tips which have certain logic shouldn’t be ignored as they will help in the long run.

Puerto Morelos – A Port Town Beckoning Real Estate Investors

A real estate investment is a tough nut to crack. If you’re looking for a second home in Mexico, it becomes even more complex. Mexico has too many options when it comes to tourist destinations.

Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta are some of the better known destinations which are the current favorites of investors.

But for some these are expensive and too crowded for their liking. Here is where there is a need to look further in to destinations such as Puerto Morelos. Condos in Puerto Morelos are the new rage in this port town in Mexico.

History

Now, let’s delve a little bit in to the history of this town. Situated in Quintana Roo this used to be a fishing village as well as a port between Yucatán and the Island of Cozumel. It is famous for resorts and as a diving destination. Tourists who want to avoid the crowds usually bypass Playa del Carmen in favor of Puerto Morelos which significantly less touristy and smaller. When I saw Puerto Morelos, the first impression was that of a serene and a laid back atmosphere. Yes, there are hotels and restaurants and the usual trappings associated with a beach destination but Puerto Morelos is understated in its elegance. For this reason I chose my first Puerto Morelos condo a year back.

Attractions

Puerto Morelos has shallow water and white sandy beaches. Puerto Morelos has the reef just off the shore which is a part of the second largest reef system in the world known as the Great Mesoamerican Reef which stretches over 1100 km from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down to the Honduran Bay Islands. This reef is home to corals, sea turtles, a variety of fishes and sharks. The underwater life is truly astonishing as there are more than 500 species of fish and 65 species of coral. IN order to preserve the reefs, the area has been designated as a protected National Marine Park. Snorkeling and diving in the reef are some of the popular activities. Puerto Morelos also has many cenotes where swimming and diving can be enjoyed.

Real Estate Scene

For the reasons stated above real estate activity in Puerto Morelos is picking up. People are discovering that Puerto Morelos offers a tranquil and less commercial ambiance. Its neighboring destination such as Playa del Carmen used to be one such place a decade back but has since grown a lot which has dulled its charm in a huge way. With property prices shooting up in Playa del Carmen, investors have been forced to seek other suitable destinations such as Puerto Morelos. With ease of connectivity, abundance of amenities, a favorable location and proximity to major destinations in Riviera Maya buying real estate in Puerto Morelos makes business sense more than ever. Plenty of high end as well affordable condos and homes are available in Puerto Morelos. But not for very long!

The port town is calling you to explore its natural richness and make it your home away from your home. Are you game?